The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the approval for the release of $1bn to the APC-led federal government under the guise of fighting insurgency in the North-east as curious and alarming.
The PDP in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was a manipulative plot by the APC administration to secure approvals without recourse to due process.
According to the party, it was more alarming that APC claimed that the money was for the purposes of fighting the same insurgents it claimed to have since defeated.
The PDP also wondered why the APC-led government had to recourse to the National Economic Council (NEC) while “avoiding the direct constitutional appropriation channel of the National Assembly for funding of items already provided for in the federal budget if it actually had nothing to hide.
“The PDP supports the fight against insurgency. We hold our officers and men confronting the terrorists and securing our territorial integrity in high esteem, but we are concerned about the manipulative tendencies connected with the approvals as well as the veracity of claimed purpose of the fund.
“Nigerians would recall that the APC-led federal government had claimed that it has since defeated the insurgents.
“If it would take a billion dollar from a nation’s savings to kill what they long claimed dead, then we challenge APC government to come clean and tell Nigerians the whole truth”.
The party further stated:”The era of lies and propaganda is long gone and Nigerians now know the truth. The federal government must be held accountable and stopped from any move to fritter away our national savings.
“We, therefore, call on the National Assembly to interrogate this proposed disbursement and subject it to a thorough but rapid interrogation.
The party vowed to ensure that APC does not continue to play with the intelligence of Nigerians who are now only waiting for 2019 to consign them into the dustbin of history.